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Documenting Dissent: Capturing Student Protests, Navigating Disinformation, and Ethical Considerations

Jun 17, 2024



In a time of escalating campus protests, arrests, and chaos, a critical need exists to capture these events accurately and ethically for future generations. This timely webinar, “Documenting Dissent: Capturing Student Protests, Navigating Disinformation, and Ethical Considerations,” offers a powerful resource. Led by a panel of experts including Lae’l Hughes-Watkins, from Project STAND – a web portal with over $800,000 in grant funding to document student activism, particularly in marginalized communities – this workshop goes beyond just collecting information. You’ll learn best practices for capturing the complexities of campus protests, from demonstrations and sit-ins to clashes with police. The panelists will also address the pervasiveness of misinformation surrounding these events and equip you with the skills to navigate it effectively. Most importantly, you’ll gain valuable insight on ethical considerations in documentation, ensuring your captured record serves as a valuable resource for future generations.


Christopher M. Jimenez is an Associate Librarian at Florida International University in the Information & Research Services Department. Christopher is the inaugural chair of the FIU Libraries’ Academic and Intellectual Freedom Committee and is currently chair of the Florida Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee. In addition to Academic & Intellectual Freedom, his research interests include Web Design, Information Literacy, and Emerging Technologies in Libraries. Some of his recent scholarship focuses on situating Artificial Intelligence for academia using the ACRL Frameworks for Information Literacy.

Lae’l Hughes-Watkins is the Associate Director for Engagement, Inclusion, and Reparative Archiving for the University of Maryland in College Park. From 2013-2018, she served as the University Archivist at Kent State University. She is the Founder and Director of Project STAND, the first-of-its-kind collaborative effort among archival repositories within academic institutions across the country to create an online portal featuring analog and digital collections that document student activism that primarily focuses on historically marginalized communities. The project has received over $800,000 in grant funding from The Mellon Foundation and IMLS. She is a 2019 Mover and Shaker.

Adreonna Bennett (she/her) is the community engagement archivist at UNC Charlotte’s J. Murrey Atkins Library.  In her role, she works with organizations, families, and individuals to preserve their histories in addition to coordinating library events and projects centered around the history of the Charlotte region and Atkins special collections holdings.  She holds a MLS from North Carolina Central University. Her research interests include community archiving, African American History, History of the South, and genealogy.

Katie McCormick is the Associate Dean of Libraries for Special Collections & Archives at The Florida State University, a position she has served in since December 2011. In this role, Mrs. McCormick manages the units responsible for Florida State University archives, rare books, and historical collections as well as the Digital Library Center and Sunshine State Digital Network, a statewide collaborative to share digitized cultural heritage resources nationally. Mrs. McCormick has over 20 years of professional and non-profit experience. During her career, she has built a reputation for fostering collaboration, ethical response, and open records access.